These are my inspirations for my new kitchen. I am leaning towards a black and white neutral base as the house is circa 1875, with hits of carera marble in hexagonal forms and pure white walls. The original mouldings and old wood floors should soften it up. Before and after images in the making.
January 19, 2012
Judy Ross is always one of my favourite textile designers. Here are my current favourites for Spring. I am currently working on a full renovation and black and white are featuring heavily in my design inspiration for the finishing touches. I always like to pair these bold neutrals with a complimentary colour to add a little zest. This year it will be greens of the lime/yellow
family. Roll on springtime...
Here is a new concept in art for your walls. Did you go to university in a particular US state? City Prints Map Art have a creative selection of maps dedicated to several well known universities. Even if you didn't go to any of them, I personally think theses prints are a great simple graphic way to add colour and texture to any room. They come in 12"x12" unframed, but are also available in larger sizes to order. Custom maps are also available as a commission. Below are a few of my favourite colours. They would also work really well in black and white. www.cityprintsmapart.com
November 24, 2011
November 8, 2011
This spring I had a great opportunity to completely redecorate a large loft in Old Montreal. The 2400sf loft was completely empty and was bought by a couple who live in Australia. The main fixtures such as the kitchen and Bathrooms remained, but it is amazing what new paint and a whole new palette of furnishings and accessories can do for a space. I bought absolutely everything which is a feat in itself especially for such a large space. Timeline ended up being two months. It was a truly great project for truly great clients.
Kitchen area before.
Bathroom, green and beige, before.
Living area was khaki green before with beige. I didn't manage to photograph it before.
I opted to paint everything Oxford White and work with fabric and texture to bring colour and warmth into this space. This is an old building that was revived in a modern way into large loft spaces but it retains some of the old stone work. I decided to make the exposed stone the hero. Pulling out tones and colours from it as my main base and adding is of colour to define each area.
Its not a rule to have to paint an open plan space in one colour, but in this case with such a large space with the only natural light source coming from the huge front windows I wanted to keep it as light as possible.
These are the after photos. It was a unique experience to work with clients who were not only living so far away, but also without meeting them in person. Like all home purchases, we often only visit a place for 10-15 minutes before we sign on the dotted line and are handed the keys. In this situation it was actually me who was handed the keys on closing day and also the brief to create a warm and welcoming vacation home. With the power of the internet we came together to design their space. Two months on the space was finished and finally this Autumn we were able to meet. I was delighted to learn that they love their Montreal Pied-a-Terre.